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December 1960

Diseases of Metabolism: Detailed Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment.

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By Garfield G. Duncan, M.D. Price, $18.50. Pp. 1,104, with many illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Square, Philadelphia 5, 1959.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(6):910. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820060162042

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"Diseases of Metabolism," now in its fourth edition, is a reference work of proven merit. A wealth of basic scientific and practical knowledge is presented by distinguished contributors. The three classical divisions of metabolism, viz., carbohydrate, fat, and protein, are discussed in individual chapters. The remaining topics are mineral metabolism, water balance, vitamins and avitaminoses, undernutrition, obesity, glycogen storage disease and galactosemia, gout, porphyrin metabolism, spontaneous hypoglycemia, diabetes insipidus, melituria, diabetes mellitus, juvenile diabetes, thyroid disease, and kidney disease. It is inevitable for an undertaking of this magnitude to have errors, inconsistencies, and omissions. If brought to light, these can be corrected in future editions. In the chapter on carbohydrate metabolism, the following four references are found in the text, but not in the bibliography: page 113, Gemmill (1940); page 116, Haft et al.; page 117, Rosenberg and Wilbrandt (1952) and Rothstein (1954). Under the heading "intermolecular phosphate transfer" on

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